One-Act City of Derry Drama Festival Thursday 21st November 2013 to Saturday 23rd November 2013 7.30pm

Drama, challenge and a unique chance to enjoy eight very different plays over three nights; this is a celebration of the joy of amateur production! Local teams and drama groups, hailing from any part of Ireland, will each present a one -act play and receive a short public adjudication on their performance.

The Festival is affiliated to both the Association of Ulster Drama Festivals and the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland, so competing groups can qualify for both Ulster and All-Ireland Finals.

Adjudicator Anna Walker Association of Drama Adjudicators

Full details of the competition on www.cityofderrydramafestival.org.

 

Tickets: £8

Performance Extras

Thursday 21st November 7.30pm
Three One-Act Plays.

THE PUSHCART PEDDLERS by Murray Schisgal
presented by Clarence Players, Belfast
by kind permission of Dramatists Play Service.Inc.

"..delightful comedy!"

New York at turn of the 20th century and greenhorn Schimmel, is conned into buying a thriving pushcart business. Between conniving Cornelius and comedy star wannabe, Maggie, his life goes totally bananas!

Clarence Players are an experienced Belfast based company and are former UK title holders. They have represented Northern Ireland on numerous occasions.

Followed by
REPORTS ARE COMING IN by John McDermott
presented by Stagefright Theatre Company, Co. Tyrone
by kind permission of the author

".. edgy and heart stopping original work"

Belfast 1993. Despite the sectarian violence Vera has a successful mixed marriage, and is accepted by both families. Then, there is a late night knock on Vera's door...
* contains some strong language.

Stagefright are a young Omagh based company.This is there first time to compete in the One-Act Circuit

Followed by

HEAVEN'S WAITING ROOM by Gary Diamond.
presented by Laugh Your Leg Off Theatre Company, Derry
by kind permission of Lazy Bee Scripts.

"..gentle comedy!

Martin Dexter is confused. He remembers breaking up with his girlfriend,and also falling to his death. But where to next? Fire and brimstone or a celestial palace?

Laugh Your Leg Off Theatre Company are a dynamic local group based in the Playhouse. They came third in Derry on their first outing last year


Friday 22nd November 7.30pm
Three One-Act Plays


PINKY PROMISE by Marilyn Rigsby
by kind permission of the author
presented by Two Bridges Theatre Company, Derry

"..comedy with a twist!"

Two sisters have promised their now deceased mother that they will always look out for each other. Although seldom in accord they are both determined to keep their "pinky promise".

Two Bridges Theatre Company started in Derry in 1997 and were the resident drama group at the Waterside Theatre from 2002-2008. They took part in the All Ireland Festival Circuit from 2004-2008, twice reaching the Confined Finals This is their first festival run for five years and their first time on the One Act Circuit.

Followed by
HOME FREE by Lanford Wilson
presented by Rasper Players, Co. Wexford
by kind permission of Josef Weimnberger Plays Ltd..

"...a modern American classic."

This sensitive evocative tale of a brother and sister is full of fun, games and surprises. Their doomed close relationship is skilfully portrayed by one of America's most outstanding playwrights of the 60s and 70s.
*contains adult material

RASPER PLAYERS are a relatively new group who have rapidly made a name for themselves. They were runners up at last years All-Ireland One-Act Finals

Followed by
Recognition Scene from ANASTASIA by Marcelle Maurette
English adaptation by Guy Bolton
presented by Phoenix Players Tubbercurry Co. Sligo
by kind permission of Samuel French Ltd.

" ...a scene of gorgeous theatre- pure romantic theatre!."

Anastasia claims to be the daughter of the deposed Czar. Though thought to be an imposter, she tries to convince her grandmother of her true identity. Will she succeed ?

The Phoenix Players Drama Group has entertained and enthralled theatre enthusiasts in the Connaught region since it's inception in Tubbercurry in the year 1945

Saturday 23rd November 7.30pm
Two One-Act Plays

ONE SEASON's KING by George MacEwan Green
presented by Haulbowline Theatre Company, Cork
by kind permission of Samuel French Ltd.

" gentle drama."

Set at a graveside during a funeral. As three men pay their respects they jockey for importance in the life of a charismatic woman.

Haulbowline Theatre Company are attached to the Irish Navel Base on Haulbowline island in Cork harbour which is also the location of their own little theatre and this year they celebrate their 50th Anniversary!

Followed by
HELLO FROM BERTHA by Tennessee Williams
presented by Theatre 3, Newtownabbey
by kind permission of Samuel French Ltd.

"...poignant and challenging "

In New Orleans, Bertha is a prostitute on the verge of being evicted from a low class bordello. In a series of delusions she revisits her past while slipping towards disease and death. A vintage snapshot by America's most influential 20th century playwright.

Theatre 3 are an experienced group with a very distinguished track record. They have won numerous awards at Festivals on both sides of the border.

 

Following tonight's productions there will be a short Award ceremony. Adjudicator Anna Walker ADA

Full details on www.cityofderrydramafestival.org

 

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